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REGION COUNTIES -- Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union (County Guide)


April 26, 2017

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Tioga County
Hamilton Lake – Anglers are catching trout using live minnows and paste baits.  Corn yellow and chartreuse, garlic paste baits are working best.  Orange and rainbow colors are also working.  A few anglers are catching trout by trolling Phoebes, Kastmaters and Thomas Spoons.  Silver/gold are working best, but chartreuse colors are also working.
Anglers are catching Crappie along the shoreline of the dam using live minnows.  The water is down a little, but is still off color.  New rainfall may change water conditions, so be prepared to switch up your tactics. 
Pine Creek – Water levels are still high, but the clarity is good.  Anglers are catching trout using waxworms, butterworms, baby nightcrawlers and redworms.  Black roostertails, black/gold panther martins and gold/rainbow trout Thomas Spoons and a variety of streamers are working. 
Many anglers are doing well on small streams using wax worms, butterworms and salmon eggs.
Hills Creek Lake – The lake is fishing very well.  Anglers are catching a few Crappie and Yellow Perch using live minnows, small chartreuse twister tails and paddle tails. 
Anglers are catching bass using topwater techniques.  Whopper ploppers are working well in the shallow water.
Tioga, Hammond and Cowanesque Lakes – Launches that are currently open include – South Shore Recreation Area, West and East Boat Launches, and Ives Run Camper’s Boat Launch.  Currently, the northern gate on the Railroad Grade Trail, the Ives Run Day use Boat Launch and the Lambs Creek boat launch are all closed due to high water levels.
Clearfield County
Parker Dam and Tannery Dam were both stocked early this week with trout.  Anglers are catching trout using silver colored spoons and live minnows.
Clinton County 
Fishing Creek –  Recent rainfall is providing good water flows and some color in the stream.  The water temperature is in the high 40s to low 50s.
Anglers are catching trout using mayfly, stonefly and caddis nymphs(e.g. Frenchie #14-16; gold bead pheasant tail #12-18; Prince #12-16; dark stonefly nymphs).  Most trout are eating just below the water surface.  A few anglers are catching trout by swinging caddis pupa.
With the warm weather, anglers are seeing Quill Gordons, Grannoms and Hendricksons hatching.  The Grannom hatch is tapering off.  Make sure you stash a few dry flies in your box, just in case (e.g. midges size #22-26, Blue Quill #14-16; Bluewing Olives size #18-22, Quill Gordons #14-16; Grannom Caddis #12-14).
Streamers are moving fish a few trout.  Target the “soft water”, near the banks and structure (e.g. logs, large stones etc).  Anglers are also catching a few trout using olive/black streamers size 6-10.
Anglers are catching trout on lower Fishing Creek, using spinners, live minnows and streamer patterns.
West Branch Susquehanna River  Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass using crankbaits, large streamer patterns and live minnows. 

 
Centre County
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Crappie are beginning to stage for spawning.  Anglers are currently catching them, just off the shallows and down at the spillway.  Live minnows and chartreuse twister tails/paddle tails are working well.
Spring Creek– Water temperature is in the high 40s to low 50s.  Recent rain events have increased flows.  The water has some color to it as well.  Upper Spring Creek is fishing well.  The Grannoms are tapering off, but a few anglers are still catching trout using Grannom emergers.
There are still a few suckers spawning, so make sure you stash a few orange/yellow egg patterns in your box.  Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. hot spot sow bug, walt’s worm, black zebra midge, green weenie, caddis larvae patterns). Zebra midges are still working very well!
Anglers are also catching trout using dry flies in the late morning to mid-afternoon hours (e.g. blue wing olives sizes #18-22; tan caddis #14-16;midges sizes 22-26).
A few sulphurs have been spotted, but trout aren’t rising to them yet.   With warm weather approaching later this week, that could change.
Anglers are catching trout on lower Spring Creek, using spinners and live bait. 

 

april 19, 2017

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Tioga County
Hamilton and Beechwood Lakes – Anglers are catching trout using doughbaits.  Chartreuse, corn yellow and rainbow colors are working best.  Live minnows and butterworms are also working!
Pine Creek – Anglers are seeing Quill Gordons, Blue Quills, Hendricksons and Caddis hatching.  Afternoons are fishing best.
Live minnows, waxworms, butterworms and small spinners are also working.
Hills Creek Lake – Anglers are catching Yellow Perch using live minnows.  Crappie are also being caught, especially after dark.
Hammond Lake – Anglers are catching bass in shallow water, using crankbaits and spinnerbaits.
Cameron County
Streams are down and are fishing well.  Anglers are having luck using spinners and pellet style jerk baits. 
When fishing low water, stay low, approach your fishing area with stealth.  Wear clothing that blends in with the surroundings.
Lycoming County
Loyalsock Creek – Anglers are catching trout using black wooly buggers, Hendrickson dry flies and rapalas. 
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Chris James, recently caught a Rainbow trout, while fishing Loyalsock Creek with his buddy, Mark.  (photo by Mark Sausser)
West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass using streamers and crankbaits.
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Kandy Weader, recently caught this 18.5” 4lb Smallmouth Bass while fishing the West Branch Susquehanna River, using a streamer pattern.  (photo by Shawn Rummel)
Clinton County 
Fishing Creek –  The water flow is great right now, with a bit of color.  The water temperature is in the high 40s. 
Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. Frenchie #14-16; gold bead pheasant tail #12-18; Prince #12-16; dark stonefly nymphs). 
With the warm weather, anglers are seeing Quill Gordons, Grannoms and Hendricksons hatching.  Make sure you stash a few dry flies in your box, just in case (e.g. midges size #22-26, Blue Quill #14-16; Bluewing Olives size #18-22, Quill Gordons #14-16; Grannom Caddis #12-14).
Streamers are moving fish a few trout.  Target the “soft water”, near the banks and structure (e.g. logs, large stones etc).  Anglers are also catching a few trout using olive/black streamers size 6-10.
Anglers are catching trout on lower Fishing Creek, using spinners, live minnows and streamer patterns.
Centre County
Bald Eagle Creek – Anglers are catching trout using spinners and eggs.  A few anglers are catching trout using redworms and live minnows.
Spring Creek– Water temperature is in the high 40s.  Water flow is great.  Upper Spring Creek is fishing well.  Anglers are seeing Grannoms, Tan Caddis and Blue Wing Olive hatches.
Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. orange/yellow egg patterns, hot spot sow bug, walt’s worm, black zebra midge, green weenie, caddis larvae patterns). Zebra midges have been working very well!
Anglers are also catching trout using dry flies in the late morning to mid-afternoon hours (e.g. blue wing olives sizes #18-22; tan caddis #14-16;midges sizes 22-26).  Grannom emergers are working better than dries at this time.
Anglers are catching trout on lower Spring Creek, using spinners and live bait. 
NOTICE – Bellefonte Borough, has requested that anglers, fishing between the High Street and Lamb Street Bridges, stay in the stream while fishing.